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It’s All About The Engine, Isn’t It?

As a car lover, you might have a passion for power and a passion for speed. Maybe you just love the roar as the machine fires up? Perhaps it’s more about the handling and the drive for you, though? Either way, most of us with a love for cars will admire the craft and workmanship that goes into an engine. Whether you see it as elegance in design or a raw statement of strength, you’ll probably spend a little more time considering the engine in your other power equipment too.

The Macho Mower

Let’s face it – nobody wants to be seen trimming their front lawn with a weedy electric mower that can’t make the cut. We want it to make some noise! An engine with force behind it has to be petrol driven. Outdoor power equipment like this takes the effort out of the job at hand too. Simply hit the button and let that mower munch it’s way around your lawn to a perfectly trimmed finish.

The Beast Inside The Backup Generator

Power cuts will never phase the man that has his backup generator fuelled and ready to crank up. There is certainly something smug about the guy that never has to go without, whatever the weather! No more shall he worry about the freezer defrosting. Nor shall he miss the big game on the sports channel. Most importantly, the beer will remain chilled throughout until the utility company puts the mains power back on.

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The Snarl Of A Snow Blower

Yes, even the trusty snow blower has an engine that can put you in charge of the weather at once. Working in subzero temperatures can cause engine problems, so it’s important you pick a make and model that can truly handle its purpose. After all, you don’t want to be THAT guy, freezing in the winter, trying to coax his engine to start!

The Thrust Of A Tractor

Tractor engines might not be built for speed, but they’ve got enough thrust and power to drag, pull, and push whatever might be in their way. Driving a tractor is only half the story with these machines. It’s about the ability to control even the heaviest obstacles. You can carve out the land, shift tree trunks, or simply ride up high and take in the view!

What About The Motor?

A motor powers many things, including our beloved remote control cars. The main difference between an engine and a motor is the energy source. Engines usually run on fuel while the motor is electric powered. So, with the dawn of electric cars, are we saying goodbye to our trusty combustion engines?

The hybrids that are becoming more popular right now have both the combustion engine and the electric motor. One or both might be used during a typical journey. It is fair to say that the sound of the engine can’t be replicated by an electric motor. Not many of us are too convinced that the power and thrust can be replicated either. For now, we have our beloved fuel powered machines. Savor it!

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What You Need To Know To Keep Your Engine Running

If you look at a car, it’s not easy to see the most important part. While the car is built out of some incredible parts that are all important – the tires, the axles, the exhaust; for all intents and purposes – the engine is the most critical. A car does not ‘go’ without an engine. It’s under the hood and under cover – so the reality of the engine is really out of sight and out of mind. That can be a dangerous attitude to have.

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A lot of people spend their attention on the external factors of the car. Windscreen cracks, tire wear, and paint rust are the key issues to deal with and are seriously dealt with. However, with the engine being under cover – it’s likely that its performance will go unnoticed until something is drastically wrong, and by this point the engine might be a write-off but for the best auto repair mechanics. Who knows – but at any point, a broken engine is going to be incredibly costly to fix. What you need to do? You need to keep your engine running to avoid any patches of bad health. Proper engine care will ensure you avoid engine issues entirely.

Believe it or not, despite being covered up – the environment can have a huge impact on the performance of your engine. Dire conditions can increase its stress levels and lead to failure. Water and rain on the engine can ensure the engine floods – and this obviously happens if a car drives through enormous puddles of standing water. Ensure your car is away from water at all times, as this can lead to an engine being flooded and the mechanics being ruined. Obviously, this leads to an engine failure, and possibly some extremely costly repairs. Don’t drive through standing water, and ensure your car is at least covered during bad patches of weather. What’s more – adverse road conditions can ruin your engine by pushing it to the limit – driving and revving your engine through mud or heavy packed snow (which can lock the wheels) is an easy way to blow an engine.

Even with perfect care – your engine can have issues. You need to pay attention to the performance of your car’s engine to ensure you can spot issues before they arise. Driving with a faulty engine can lead to issues beyond repair. If something is wrong with your engine, it will tell you – so just listen out. You might even smell an engine problem in a dire circumstance.

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The best thing you can do for your engine? Quench its thirst. An engine needs oil to thrive and ensure there is no friction occurring within the engine. Engine oil is a cheap change and an easy check – and you can learn how to do this from the internet or a mechanic. The cost and effort involved in an oil change are a lot less of a hassle than an engine failure – which is a guarantee when the oil isn’t changed. That’s all you need to know to keep your car, and your engine running!

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The Three Steps Your Engine Is Begging You To Take

We all love our cars, don’t we? They make life easier and afford us all the freedom we could dream of. Yet, we often fail to realize which part of our vehicles is most important. We all care about how our cars look, whether they’re clean, sparkling, and dressed to impress. In truth, though, the outer appearance of your vehicle is the least important part. If you want to get down to what really keeps your car running, you need to look a little deeper. That’s right; we’re talking the engine. This neglected aspect of your vehicle is what you have to thank for every journey you take. As such, it’s about time you started treating yours with the respect it deserves. Here are a few tips about how.

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KNOW HOW IT SHOULD LOOK

First, you need to know how your engine should look. Every car owner needs to check under the bonnet occasionally. But, if you don’t know what you’re seeing, you’re missing the point. You’re not checking to see whether your engine’s still there. You should already know that much. The purpose of looking at your engine is to see if there are any problems. You need to notice if anything is out of place, or if something looks like it’s starting to wear. If you’ve been playing lip service to your engine checks until now, it’s time to get serious. Get out your car manual and research how things should look. If it makes things easier, you could look online for picture guides. Once you know everything’s in working order, it might be worth taking a picture which you can refer to next time.

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CHANGE THE OIL

Few things are as essential to your engine’s smooth running as your oil. We all know we need to have enough of the stuff, but we also need to change it at regular intervals. Not changing your oil could cause major damage to your engine parts, and lead to significant problems down the line. How often this is necessary depends on your engine, but your manual should tell you about this, too! See, there is a reason cars come with those weighty tomes!

Speaking of oil changes, it may also be worth changing the type of oil you use. As this article explains, synthetic motor oil is a much better choice for engine longevity. Though, you’ll still need to ensure you change it often!

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WHEN REPLACEMENTS ARE IN ORDER

Despite your best efforts, your engine will suffer from wear and tear over time. If you spot this problem, it’s important to replace parts before you find yourself in trouble. Depending on what needs doing, you may be able to replace parts yourself. If you have any doubts, though, don’t hesitate to call on a mechanic to do the work for you. And, whatever you do, don’t ignore signs of wear. While the issue may not be critical when you spot it, it will soon develop if you don’t take action.